In the natural world of the horse, soul, spirit and intuition are strong and powerful themes. Horses possess an ’emotional intelligence’ of the heart so compelling it is experienced deeply in our human realm.
Charcoal drawing is a medium with an ancient and distinguished legacy dating back tens of thousands of years. From the animals drawn on the walls of the Chauvet caves of France to our current time, charcoal’s lines and forms have been rendered with robust painterly effect as well as with meticulous sensitivity of detail. Classically used in preparatory work for oil paintings, actually it is these drawings that most effectively convey emotion.
Unlike pencil or graphite, as a stick of charcoal is drawn across paper it leaves behind particles with a rough irregular shape. The resulting image is one with dramatic depths of black and a matte and velvety surface.
Sophisticated and primitive, the power of charcoal drawing spans centuries of expression.
‘Horses make a landscape more beautiful’
– Lame Deer Seeker of Visions
Alison Burnett studied fine art at Lowestoft College of Art and Ipswich College of Art in Great Britain. She is an avid horsewoman and is a British Horse Society Horsemaster as well as a United States Dressage Federation medalist. She lives in the forest on Mount Hood in Oregon. Her Andalusian horse Lourinho, is an endless source of inspiration!
Alison Burnett’s work is in galleries, museums and private collections throughout the world and has been published in the prestigious juried International Art Horse exhibition books.
‘The eternal being, as it lives in us, also lives in every animal’